What is the most effective way to let event attendees know the special event is green?
Great question, and one of my current favorite’s to help clients produce! Recently I commented to Teresa’s blog post on a wedding invitation she recieved and her concern over the sustainability of the food on the menu she had to pick from– beef, fish or vegetatrian. Her post is a great example of a guest that have sustainable values, and wants to know you’ve considered the future of the planet in the poduction of your special event.
So, to get the conversation rolling that you are having a green special event start with the invitation– the first point of contact. Be sure to include that is is printed on recycled paper, or has plantable seeeds embedded. Guests will be looking for this information– I’m telling you!
Next, if you are serving an organic and seasonal feast, let them know — “We’re proud to serve you a variety of seasonal and local organic foods at our special event…”. And because fish populations are dying around the world do to over fishing, let your guests know you and your caterer are serving sustainably sourced seafood! It will give everyone some peace of mind when making their selections.
Next, post it on your web site. Be sure to include a section of your site that lists your commitments to greening your special event. Consider linking to local resources for more information or to nonprofit organizations that inspire you to care for the planet. It’s important to engage your guests in who you are and what you care about!
Next, include in your program some language that you have greened your event. I like to have a heading that says “Greening Graduation” — if it’s a graduation I’m producing. You should include any sustainable vendor names that you feel deserve recognition, and list all the ways you integrated organic, local, seasonal, and carbon offsets in to your event.
Next, if you are having a program of some sort, or at the wedding reception, consider making a public announcement — “To showcase our values for the future of the planet we’ve created an event that is zero waste, has a low carbon impact, and is water conscious….”. Encourage guests to do that same at their next event and through out their lives– this is where your thoughtful “green favor” will come in handy!
Finally, display a plaque at your buffet or at your check-in table. Show all your guests that this is something meaningful to you and important by displaying it in the open. It is amazing how many people read these plaques and have side conversations on how cool it is…I’ve seen it, many times!
Have fun sharing your values and commitments to a healthy and vibrant future we all desire! Let me know if you’ve done something you thought was unique others should try.
Are you shopping for that eco-fabulous gown you’ve always dreamed about? You’re not alone…and thankfully the designers are catching on! The ever-so-savvy eco-bride these days seeks a gown thatâ€™s truly a perfect fit — not only physically, but one that reflects her sense of style, and most importantly, her personal values. A brideâ€™s gown makes the ultimate personal statement, and thanks to the incredible array of dress styles, fabrics, and creative resources available now, thereâ€™s no reason to sacrifice style for going green at your wedding.
So, what does your wedding gown choice (and any clothing choice, for that matter!) have to do with the planet? A lot. From the growing or making of the fiber, to the toxic chemicals used in bleaching and dying of the fabric, to the discarding of products after their useful life has ended, textiles leave a significant environmental footprint. For example, Environmental Health Perspectives claims that cotton accounts for a quarter of the pesticides used in the USA. According to MoreThanWaste.com, in 2006 the UK textile industry produced 2 million tons of waste, 3.1 million tons of CO2, and 70 million tons of waste water. We are all hopefully aware by now of sweat shop labor, which still poses an issue in our clothing choices. Read more about the environmental and social impacts of the garment industryon their site!
Thankfully, a range of new (and “old”) options offer you the chance to reduce the environmental and social impact of your wedding dress, through reuse, reconstruction, or new eco-effective designs.
For a new, yet perfectly eco-fabulous option, Natural Bridals offers stunning gowns made from hemp and silk. We love the Alyssa, a full Princess gown with beautiful layering to create a sexy, unique look. Designer Morgan Boszilkov is committed to offering designer label green gowns, while contributing 5% of her profits to organizations that support that environment.
If youâ€™ve always dreamed of that Vera Wang gown for your wedding, donâ€™t fret- you can still be an eco-savvy bride. Scope out Bellancora and PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com for â€œworn onceâ€ designer gowns at affordable prices. If you do decide to purchase a new gown, be sure to go socially responsible…try Bridal Garden, a not-for-profit bridal boutique who donates to the education of New York City children. Dresses are donated to them by top designers, stores, or individuals and prices are up to 75% off original retail. After youâ€™ve enjoyed your gown, sell it again, and give your dress more chances to shine in its life cycle.
For an eco-couture approach, Annatarian works with brides to develop their custom dress, using vintage and organic fabrics to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art. With an obvious passion for the planet, designer Anna Mkhitarian utilizes “eco-effective” design, which is based on giving back to the environment, and creating no waste in the production. Check out more of her reconstructed bridal designs online.
If you need some assistance, Vibrant Events has customized green wedding packages you can choose from now. Contact us for a conversation about how we can help you create a celebration that truly reflects your values and your style!